My son Jacob’s love for reading was evident from a very young age. In fact, before he could even read he’d sit with one of his “Thomas the Train” books and his “reading glasses,” imitating my reading habits (well, minus Thomas the Train).

By the time he started kindergarten, he was reading at a third-grade level, and this love for reading continued throughout his early years. But then, almost imperceptibly at first, things began to change.
Emerging Struggles
Initially, Jacob was an exemplary student who enjoyed school. However, during his latter grade school years, he began to say he disliked school, though his grades remained good. I did begin to notice things, like his not attempting to answer questions on tests at times, or not finishing homework. He was also rather clumsy and disliked playing sports, though I didn’t think much of it. By middle school, his grades slipped slightly, and he began to dislike reading. He also began saying he didn’t want to go to college.
I was puzzled. What happened to my once-avid reader and good student? Had he simply become unmotivated and lazy?

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